This book brings together a series of pictures taken by photographer Pablo Castilla Heredia between 2010 and 2016 in the “Costa Tropical”, the coastline region of the province of Granada.
Extensive exploration of this landscape during the hours of peak sunlight intensity reveals a strange drama in which comedy, tragedy and absurdity coexist in a new reality that could well belong to a film piece without any conscious script.
Costa Tropical is a journey to a new territory, both original and sovereign, located somewhere between fiction and reality, record and invention, documentary evidence and subjective perception.
Pablo Castilla Heredia (Granada, 1980) lives and works between Granada and Norway. His work is based on the direct exploration of reality and encoded in a documentary-based language through various disciplines such as cinema, performing arts and photography. The use of a documentary style becomes in itself a strategy that reveals fissures in perception and challenges the boundaries between fiction and reality. After graduating in Fine Arts, he lived in Brussels from 2001 to 2014, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Documentary Filmmaking and, together with Hedvig Biong and Niko Hafkenscheid, founded “Kevin or Harry”, a performing arts collective that creates theatre pieces where real people take the stage. Since 2018, he collaborates regularly with Pablo López on projects revolving around photography and territory (“Pangnirtung”).
Costa Tropical is his first photography book, winner of the 3rd Edition of “Fotolibro <40”, a call promoted by the Culture & Tourism Department of the Community of Madrid addressed to Spanish photographers under 40 years of age, which aims to support and promote the young Spanish photography through the edition of a book of the winning project in collaboration with a reference publisher.
Fotolibro <40 Project Coordinator: Jesús Micó
Editing: Pablo Castilla & Pablo López
Design: Jaime Narváez
Pre-press: La Troupe
Printing: Artes Gráficas Palermo
29 x 24 cm
Shortlisted for PhotoEspaña Best Book of the Year Award 2021